'''Sir Herbert Butterfield''' (7 October 1900 – 20 July 1979) was Regius Professor of History and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
As a British historian and philosophy of history|philosopher of history
, he is remembered chiefly for two books, a short volume early in his career entitled ''The Whig Interpretation of History'' (1931) and his ''Origins of Modern Science'' (1949). Over the course of his career, Butterfield turned increasingly to historiography and man's developing view of the past. Butterfield was a devout Christian and reflected at length on Christian influences in historical perspectives.
Butterfield thought that individual personalities were more important than great systems of government or economics in historical study. His Christian beliefs in personal sin, salvation, and providence heavily influenced his writings, a fact he freely admitted. At the same time, Butterfield's early works emphasized the limits of a...